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Jake Smolinski cranks out four hits vs. A's
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:39 pm ET) Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski had a monster game at the plate Thursday afternoon against the Athletics in Oakland.

He singled in a run in the first, and added three more singled. He finished the game 4 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI in a 7-2 victory. He is hitting .408 with one home run and eight RBI over 49 at-bats.


Josh Hamilton experiencing more shoulder issues
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:35 pm ET) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is dealing with tightness and discomfort in front part of his right shoulder, a different spot, which flared up before Wednesday's game, the Los Angeles Times reports. He returned to action Tuesday but left the ballpark early to visit a chiropractor. He was not in the starting lineup Thursday against Seattle.

Everth Cabrera not likely to return before end of homestand
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(7:28 pm ET) Updating a previous report: It now appears doubtful that Padres infielder Everth Cabrera will join the team before the end of their Sept. 15-24 homestand, per U-T San Diego. Cabrera been sidelined since August 9 due to a hamstring injury. He's hit .232/.272/.300 in 357 at-bats. 

Sonny Gray lasts only five frames in loss to Rangers
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(7:25 pm ET) Athletics starter Sonny Gray lasted only five innings in a disappointing outing Thursday afternoon at home against the Rangers, dropping to 13-9 on the year. The right-hander permitted five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings of a 7-2 defeat.

Over his last four starts covering 25 innings, Gray has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 3.28 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 31 starts (203 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at home against the Angels.

Nick Martinez gets back on track in win over A's
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:16 pm ET) Rangers starting pitcher Nick Martinez bounced back with a solid outing against the A's in Oakland, improving to 4-11 on the year. He allowed two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two over 5 2/3 innings of a 7-2 victory.

Over his last four starts covering 23 innings, Martinez has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 4.85 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 128 innings of work. He will make his next start Tuesday at home against Houston.

Seth Smith back in action Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:53 pm ET) Padres left fielder Seth Smith is back in the lineup for the Thursday night game against Philadelphia. A hamstring ailment has prevented him from starting since Monday.

Smith returns in a 1-for-24 slump that has weakened his stat line on the year to .265/.368/.443. 


Ryan Howard, Chase Utley set to sit Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:45 pm ET) A matchup against San Diego left-hander Robbie Erlin has Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and second baseman Chase Utley out of the lineup Thursday.

The game off could hurt Howard's quest for his first 100-RBI season since 2011. He has 92 with 10 games remaining. Utley is in the mdist of a 2-for-17 slide.


Brock Holt to resume baseball activities Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:41 pm ET) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt is expected to resume baseball activities on Friday, according to Comcast SportsNet Northeast. Holt has been sidelined since Sept. 5 because of a concussion, which wasn't diagnosed until Sept. 12. He is hitting .281 with four homers and 29 RBI over 449 at-bats.

Diamondbacks: Oliver Perez dealing with dead arm
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:37 pm ET) Diamondbacks lefty reliever Oliver Perez has been shut down with what the team is describing as a dead arm. He is coming off successive appearances last weekend that resulted in decreased velocity and arm soreness.

Perez has yielded seven earned runs in his last two innings pitched. If he is done for the season, it will end with a 3-4 record and 2.86 ERA in a career-high 65 outings.


Oliver Perez dealing with 'dead arm'
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:33 pm ET) The Diamondbacks have shut down pitcher Oliver Perez indefinitely, as he experiences "dead arm," per the Arizona Republic. Perez lasted only one-third of an inning on Sunday, his last appearance. He owns a 2.86 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 56 2/3 innings of work. It remains to be seen if he'll pitch again this season.

"I think I could go more but sometimes you have to take care of yourself and have a couple days off because it's a long season," Perez said. "When you're tired, you don't have a lot of power."

 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689


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